HAMDEN, Conn. - Three Quinnipiac women's tennis players advanced to the singles semifinals in their respective flights, while Natalie Duckor (North Tustin, Calif.) and Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany) marched on to the B Doubles Flight Championship Saturday in the 13th Annual Quinnipiac Invitational. Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) earned a spot in the A Singles Flight Semifinals, while Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) claimed a berth in the B Singles Semifinals. Duckor, the top-seeded player in C Singles, also advanced to the semifinals.
Cantor claimed victories against Sacred Heart's Kate Donnelly and Connecticut's Kelley LoRusso. The freshman made quick work of Donnelly, 6-2, 6-1, in opening round action. She then battled back from down a set to defeat LoRusso, the second-seeded player in the draw, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1, 10-2.
Markison defeated Fordham's Taylor Holt and Connecticut's Alexa Gregory in consecutive matches to reach the semifinals. Markison breezed past Holt, 6-0, 6-0, before earning a second straight-sets victory against Gregory, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
Duckor easily defeated Fordham's Jenny Mullin, 6-0, 6-0, in opening round action, before facing stiff competition from UConn's Abby McKeon in the quarterfinals. Duckor eventually outlasted McKeon, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-3), 10-7.
Duckor and Steinert defeated Army's Kari Pope and Maria Casaletto, 8-3, in the B Doubles Semifinals. They'll face Rhode Island's Pam Emery and Amanda Barletta in tomorrow's championship match.
After falling in opening round action in C Singles, Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) bounced back with three wins to earn the C Singles Consolation Championship. The freshman defeated Fairfield's Nicolette Jackson, Sacred Heart's Julianne Kasinow and Rhode Island's Barletta to take the consolation crown.
Mary Wilson (Greensburg, Pa.) was victorious in first-round play against Seton Hall's Elizabeth Verow, 6-0, 6-4, before falling in the quarterfinals to Fairfield's Dana Postupack, 6-3, 6-0. Steinert also earned a first-round victory, defeating Fairfield's Meghan Sullivan, 6-3, 6-4. She then fell to Connecticut's Ali Campitiello in one of the most tightly contested matches of the day, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 10-8.
The final day of the Quinnipiac Invitational will commence Sunday at 9 a.m., with singles semifinal action. Doubles finals will follow, while the tournament concludes with singles championship matches.